Our favorite uberwriter Aaron Sorkin is still hitting the airwaves hard in support of The Social Network. Here, BBC interviews him about improvisation. He says its great…as long as it’s in someone else’s movie. If you haven’t already O.D.’d on Sorkin, pretty good interview.
Former rock star, soap star and teen heartthrob Rick Springfield announces that he has some movie ideas he is developing and that “the next thing is (screen)writing for sure”. Maybe one of his ideas is about a guy who wishes he had his friend’s girlfriend and it leads to all kinds of funny/serious complications, but it all resolves in the end, and he has grown as a person. Or maybe it’s something else completely.
Our favorite jargon spewing, chart wielding, structuralist screenwriting guru, Robert McKee (author of the screenwriting bible “Story”) is bravely “reviewing” (aka analyzing) current screenplays for Script Magazine. Before you click through, be aware of his strict warning: “Do not read what follows until you have seen The Town.”
Having to listen to studio execs tell you how to write can affect you. Take William W. “Bill” Norton, a successful screenwriter who penned the scripts for “The Scalphunters” (directed by Sydney Pollack), “White Lightning” and “Gator” (both starring Burt Reynolds) and others. Perhaps after one too many sets of notes, he retired from screenwriting and became a leftist gunrunner in South America and then in Ireland. Now, he’s passed away. Read his obit here.
In Mumbai, they get very excited to have a script requested by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Margaret Herrick Library. In Los Angeles, we actually go to the Academy library. It’s great.